Kashmiri students held hostage at Ghaziabad hostel for 3 hours, robbed

Ghaziabad: Law students from Kashmir Valley admitted under Prime Ministers Special Scholarship Scheme in Global College of Law in Dasna Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh were looted by armed robbers on Friday night (September 30).

Robbers according to these Kashmiri students who hail from different district of Valley including Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara and Anantnag broke into their and held 12 students, two of them girls hostage at gunpoint for about three hours, and looted whatever they could lay their hands on, from computers to jewellery.

A Kashmiri student from Anantnag who wished not to be named told news agency over phone that masked robbers who were carrying draggers, pistols and iron rods snatched even the gold ear-rings and bangles of the two girl students. “One of our friends who had arrived her to pay admission fee for his brother also became the victim and the robbers looted Rs 40,000 from him,” he said adding that after committing the crime the robbers even took the CCTV cameras with them.

“I was in the hostel along with a roommate when someone knocked at the door,” said a fourth-year student from Anantnag. “Two men brandishing arms barged in and asked me how many students were in the hostel and the way to the office. They ordered me to take them to the other rooms.”The robbers took away everything. We are scared and for a moment we felt they will kill us,” he said.

The victim students were however all praise for the local police. “The officials from Musuri police station helped us to come out from the trauma. They even arranged food for us. They are helpful and we are sure they will nab the culprits,” said the students.

Confirming the incident, Additional Superintendent of Police Ghaziabad, Ashish Srivastava said that the robbers scaled the boundary wall of Global College of Law in Masuri shortly after midnight. They bundled the students, all of them from Kashmir, into a room and cleaned up the place. They not only took high-end cellphones and cash, but also invertors, batteries, and even clothes, shoes and chappals. “We have registered a formal case and speedy investigation is going on to nab the culprits,” he said. (CNS)

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